The Harmony Advantage

T-Mic—Natural Placement for More Natural Hearing

  Wireless Hands-Free Hassle-Free Hearing

The outer ear’s shape is all about capturing sound. So when it came time to choose a location for Harmony’s microphone, the decision was natural. The T-Mic is situated near the entrance of the ear canal, where it can take full advantage of the outer ear’s remarkable sound-gathering ability.

T-Mic’s natural placement and wireless connectivity mean that you or your loved one can simply hold a phone up to the implanted ear and use it just like people with normal hearing. There are no special wires, cables, or adapters/connectors required—you can even use a hands-free headset.

Wireless connectivity means that T-Mic is fully compatible with commercial headsets and ear buds like those that come with MP3 players or are found on airplanes and in music stores. So you or your loved one can enjoy in-flight movies or listen to music before buying, just like people with normal hearing.

Hear Your Best in Noisy Surroundings Only with AB.
Proven by Research Expert Gifford

Gifford showed that 11 out of 11 recipients understood more sentences in noise with

Harmony’s unique T-Mic® than with a behind-the-ear (BTE) microphone.1


Individual sentence reception thresholds (SRTs) (left) for 11 Harmony recipients using the BTE microphone and the T-Miconly from AB. A smaller SRT is better and means that the listeners can hear the same sentences in more noise. Scores for the T-Mic were better for all subjects.

T-coil vs . T-Mic

All cochlear implant systems offer a built-in T-coil, which picks up sound if you have a compatible telephone, neckloop, or other accessory. The T-Mic® Microphone, only from AB, lets you enjoy effortless listening by providing wireless connectivity with cell phones, MP3 players, and other audio devices without the need for any wires, cables, special adapters, or connectors. Only with the T-Mic can you use the most popular audio devices just like people with normal hearing do.

1. Gifford R. Speech Perception in a Realistic Background Noise: Effectiveness of Preprocessing Strategies and External Options for Improving the Signal-to-Noise Ratio. Presentation at the 10th International Conference on Cochlear Implants and Other Implantable Auditory Technologies, San Diego, CA, April 10–12, 2008.

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